BRENTWOOD, England – The Focus has been voted Britain’s best diesel medium car in the Diesel Car 2012 awards. The Focus fought off competitors including the Hyundai i30 and Volkswagen Golf.
According to Diesel Car magazine, buyers are particularly attracted by the Ford’s style and contemporary cabin. Editor, Ian Robertson, added: “Still the one to beat among mid-size family cars, the Ford Focus is simply the best in its class.”
The Focus is recognised for its driver assistance technologies and refined drive, and offers a number of fuel efficient powertrains including the popular 1.6 TDCi which emits 109g CO2/km while returning 67mpg.
This diesel engine has been further optimised with a new injection system and turbocharger, enhanced charge-air cooling and friction-reduction technologies. It will be introduced in the UK market next month in the Focus ECOnetic Technology which is capable of CO2 emissions as low as 88g/km.
Other Ford models acknowledged at this year’s awards were the Fiesta, Mondeo and S-MAX, which were runners up in their respective categories – small car, large car, estate car and MPV.
Andy Barratt, Ford Britain sales director, said: "We are delighted that Focus has been awarded best medium car by Diesel Car magazine. Around 50 per cent of Focus cars bought are diesels and we look forward to welcoming the Focus ECOnetic Technology to the range shortly. This will offer 83.1mpg, making it the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid family car currently available in Europe."